World Single Distance Speed Skating Championships
The World Single Distance Championships are a series of speed skating competitions organised by the International Skating Union.
The International Skating Union (ISU) event is scheduled for Feb. 9-12, 2017, in Gangneung, Gangwon Province, 237 km east of Seoul. It also serves as one of the test events for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics.
Gangneung Oval, the track of the event, is an indoor artificially frozen ice rink with a standard track of 400 meters and inner and outer curves with radii of 26 and 30 meters respectively. The width of the inside warming up track is 5 meters.
The winners of the individual Distances will bear the titles: “Lady World Speed Skating Champion _ meters for 2017” and “World Speed Skating Champion _ meters for 2017”, respectively. The winners of the Mass start events will bear the titles “Lady World Speed Skating Mass Start Champion for 2017” and “World Speed Skating Mass Start Champion for 2017”. The winners of the Team Pursuit events will bear the titles “Ladies World Speed Skating Team Pursuit Champions for 2017” and “World Speed Skating Team Pursuit Champions for 2017”. All winners will be awarded the ISU Championships gold medal. The Skaters or teams placed second and third will be awarded the ISU Championships silver and bronze medals, respectively.
Entries can only be made using the ISU Online Entry System for Speed Skating Events. Entries for the ISU World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships 2017 will only be accepted for skaters who have reached the qualifying times for the event concerned. ISU Members may enter a maximum of three skaters in each individual distance, except for 5000m Ladies, 10 000m Men, Mass start Ladies and Mass start Men where the maximum entry quotas per ISU Member is two. The specific entry quotas for each ISU Member will be announced by the ISU following the results of the qualifying competitions (ISU World Cups held during November and December 2016).
Lee Sang-wha won the women's 500-meter race at the national team trials for the 2017 Asian Winter Games after clocking 38.64 seconds. The winner and the runner-up of the race earn spots at the Feb. 19-26 Winter Asian Games in Japan. Lee is the two-time Olympic gold medalist and the current world record holder in the 500m. The 27-year-old, however, has yet to win a gold medal at the Asian Games. She collected a silver medal in 2007 and settled for a bronze medal in 2011. Although many fans expect that the speed skater would go for her first-ever Asian Game gold next year, Lee said she is putting more emphasis on the upcoming World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships.
Ivanie Blondin and Jordan Belchos were crowned 2017 Canadian national champions in the women's 3,000 metres and the men's 5,000 metres, respectively, in the first day of the Canadian single-distance speed-skating championships. Blondin was already pre-qualified in this distance for this year's world single distance championships. Belchos, who has already pre-qualified in the mass start event at the worlds, earned Canada's second spot in the 5,000-metre distance at the international competition.
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